Summary: With all the doctrinal difference in this world, this is a list of "Must Dos" of a Christian.
Seven “I Wills” of the Believer
Good morning everybody! Today, I am being led to discuss the 7 I wills that every Christian needs to live by. In today’s society, we hear so much about the “thou shalts” and the “thou shalt nots.” And some people can get confused through all the doctrinal indifferences. Through all the differences, there is a list of seven “actions” that we as Christians need to mindful to do. First an foremost,
1) "I will trust and not be afraid"
(Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for Jehovah, even Jehovah, is my strength and song; and he is become my salvation. )
I believe one of the most difficult things a person can do is to trust. I did not say it was impossible, because we do it all the time an all aspects of our lives. We trust that our chairs will hold us! We trust that water will come out of the faucet when we turn it on. We trust that the light will come on when we hit the switch. We trust in things.
We trust in these things because they have proven they are trustworthy in the past. I can honestly say that the lights have came on pretty much anytime I turned the switch., save for the times it was out because of a storm. Until recent years, I have never had a chair break under my weight. I have never experienced a lack of air when I inhaled. There has always been air. We trust in these things because they are pretty well proven in our past.
And yet sometimes we fail to trust in the most trustworthy of all, our Father. I know that we all love and trust in the Lord, but I also know that as humans, we fall short of the mark. We are afraid to share our faith with others because we are afraid of what they might think. Afraid that we will not be accepted as “part of the crowd.”
You see, if we truly trusted in him completely, we would have no fears. He has promised us that he will provide. Yet we worry about our finances. Will I be able to make my next car payment? Will I be able to pay my utilities? If I tithe, how will I be able pay my bills?
Do these questions sound familiar? They do to me. Not only have I heard people ask these questions, but I have asked them as well.
Proverbs 28:25 says, “A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper” He that trusts in the Lord will prosper!! So why don’t we trust in him at all times? I believe that our focus is all wrong sometimes. I believe that sometimes we get caught in the trap of looking on the things of this world. We allow ourselves be measured by the world’s standards. We turn our focus away from the kingdom and to the world. And yet this world did not die for our sins, Jesus did! Trust is so important.
2) “I will draw near to God and fear him”
Psalms 34:11 says, “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
“Come, ye children” actually is defined as, “All ye that are of a humble, teachable spirit.” A teachable spirit. Humble. I believe that the writer is telling us that we need to come to God without reservations. We need to humble ourselves to him. We need to open our hearts and our minds to hear his word. To learn his message and to revere him as the Mighty God that he is!
We are not to try to make his word into something that fits into our way of believing. Only picking out things that sound sweet. Things that reflect acceptance in our society. I believe that when God says something, it is not open for debate. God spoke, so it is so.
And yet in today’s society we continually hear people water down his word, alter his laws and change doctrine so that people will feel warm and fuzzy inside. So people will grace the doors of a church building. I tell you emphatically today that God will not turn his eyes away from this misleading by so called Christians. God want his people to draw near to him as little children. Mark 10:15 says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
I know that I have many times tried to learn to do something in a different way, but had a difficult time because I allowed myself to become distracted by my old way of getting things done. The old way is the way of the world. It is a sinful way. A path to certain damnation. The new way is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ.